Did you know planting bee friendly plants gives bees and other pollinators greatly needed nutrition? That with one phone call or visit to your garden center you can empower yourself and your garden with plants appropriate for your hardiness zone and make a mix that will bloom from spring to fall? That the more bees and other pollinators you attract to your bee friendly garden, the better your garden will grow? It's true. And one more thing we won't apologize for repeating on The Buzz: cut back on the pesticides, let the clover you usually cut away grow (its actually good for your grass and great for bees) and cut down on mulch as many native bees and pollinators tunnel and can be blocked by heavy mulch.
Herewith, the plants you can grow to help the bees right now:
Asters, Calliopsis, Clover, Marigolds, Poppies, Sunflowers, and Zinnias.
Buttercups, Clematis, Cosmos, Crocuses, Dahlias, Echinacea, English Ivy, Foxglove, Geraniums, Germander, Globe Thistle, Hollyhocks, Hyacinth, Rock Cress, Roses, Sedum, Snowdrops, Squills, Tansy, and Yellow Hyssop.
3. Fruits & Veggies
Blackberries, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Gourds, Fruit Trees, Peppers, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Squash, Strawberries, Watermelons, and Wild Garlic.
Bee Balm, Borage, Catnip, Coriander/Cilantro, Fennel, Lavender, Mints, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.
Blueberry, Butterfly Bush, Button Bush, Honeysuckle, Indigo , and Privet.
Alder, American Holly, Basswood, Black Gum, Black Locust, Buckeyes, Catalpa, Eastern Redbud, Golden Rain, Hawthorns, Hazels, Linden, Magnolia, Maples, Mountain Ash, Poplar, Sycamore, Tulip, and Willows.
Some environmental issues seem too big for the everyday gardener to help change. But while the decline of the bees is big—it's one of the few environmental issues we can impact right now, today, and every day we choose to plant the kinds of plants that feed our bees.—Zeke